Get Started in Final Cut Pro with 15 comprehensive lessons

This Rookie series of 15 x tutorials is for new users of Final Cut Pro 10.5.2

It will get you quickly understanding how to create videos.

The tutorials are mostly around 5 minutes in length for a total of 1 ½ hour.

They cover a comprehensive overview of Final Cut Pro, using my years of editing experience to cover just the items you need to know, without going into un-necessary details that will bog you down.

Checkout all the ROOKIE Series Tutorials:

Lesson 1 – Get Started Final Cut Pro 10.5.2

Lesson 2 – Import Camera Clips

Lesson 3 – Add Clips to a Project

Lesson 4 – Trimming in the Timeline

Lesson 5 – Refining the Trim

Lesson 6 – Titles & Generators

Lesson 7 – Transitions

Lesson 8 – Effects

Lesson 9 – Navigation

Lesson 10 – The Magnetic Timeline

Lesson 11 – Audio

Lesson 12 – Color Correction

Lesson 13 – The Inspector

Lesson 14 – Animation

Lesson 15 – Export

Topaz Video Enhance AI Update 2.2

With the release of Topaz Video Enhance AI to vs 2.2, is there any obvious perceivable increase in the quality of the low res SD DV camera footage.

In this video, I compare the previous vs 1.8 results with the newly released 2.2 version.

I will also look at the new features of the updated version, particularly the compare option and new settings for Compressed, Blurry and Noisey original footage.

Compound Clips as an Independent Template

Frequent users of Final Cut Pro know how valuable compound clips are.

But, the very essence of a Compound Clip’s nature – to combine all selected clips into one entity – can be a pain to understand.

This is especially so, when you are creating a compound clip, as a template, that you intend to use over and over in future projects that also contain Title clips where text needs to be changed.

When you change the words in the title they change in all other places you have used the template.

You will see how to avoid those unwanted changes.

Countdown Timer without Plug-ins

Recently I was teaching a student who is publishing Fitness videos for a YouTube Channel.

They asked me to show them how to add a timer with a countdown.

I show the technique in this video.

You’ll see how to put the timer in a circle and use and save your corporate colors.

You will also save the timer as a preset to use in future projects.

The technique only uses built-in effects – NO Plug-ins.

Top 10 Video Editing Tips

If you’re new to video editing, how do you know what to do?

For sure, the process doesn’t come naturally – unless you are Stephen Spielberg.

As with anything, it all starts with planning what you intended to film. This will depend on the complexity of your video – but no matter what – you should have had some plan of what you were going to film.

In this tutorial, you will look at some simple things to get your editing started.

3D Animated Photos without Plug-ins

Photos and Still images can be brilliantly enhanced by converting them into 3D images with movement that puts the Ken Burns Effect into shame.

Everything, is done in Final Cut without plug-ins.

The technique is to break the photo into two clips the top with the main subject moving in one direction and the bottom as a Background moving in the opposite direction to give the effect that the main image is separate from the background.

I’ve selected a clip from the free to download “Pixabay” website. I recommend that you join Pixaby as it has Photos, Videos and Graphics that can be downloaded for free.

Which 2021 M1 iMac is the Best Buy

Which 2021 M1 iMac is the Best Buy

I’ll show you the options so you can make your choice based on your needs, but I have balanced the cost/benefits and will tell you which model I would recommend, as you progress through this review.

I will answer the question in 2 x categories:

1. For a “General use” user – that’s “day-to-day” use – emails and web browsing

2. For those of you “Pushing the limits” – video editing and PhotoShop

The 2021 New M1 24-inch iMac

It’s here the 2021 M1 iMac

Announced on is the 24-inch 2021 iMac updating the Intel 21-inch iMac

All of the rumors about the Spring event logo being a rotated Hello bearing back to the original Mac were correct.

This is more than a refresh – it is a new enclosure and back to the future color selection – with lighter tones at the front and more vivid tones at the back. But it does still have a chin.

This looks like the start of the new iMac range.

It is a 24-inch screen in most the same dimension enclosure as the 21in iMac – watch out for the 27-inch replacement model that is yet to come – with, very likely, a 30-inch screen in much the same-sized enclosure as the current 27-inch Intel model.

The whole computer is now much thinner thanks to the M1 chip – at 11.5 mm.

Where to find Free Support for Final Cut Pro


There is a multitude of places to go for Final Cut Pro support.

In this video I will show you the places where you can find help with Final Cut Pro a no cost.

There is of course, is a difference between having your short and immediate issues answered rather than more detailed tuition in Final Cut Pro.

If you are looking for one-on-one tuition with Final Cut Pro. I will be happy to set up a personalized training program for you.

But if you are just looking for answers on a specific topic, I offer FREE Final Cut support, via email, for urgent issues that you are confronted with.


Things you didn’t know about the Ken Burns Effect

This video is everything you need to know about the Ken Burns effect, which is the quickest way of adding movement to still images, so they look like video clips.

You can also use the Ken Burns effect on video clips so that you can zoom into important parts of the clip.

In this video, I’ll show you a virtually unknown way to use the Ken Burns effect, to move to several different places in the photo, and that’s all without using Keyframes.

At the end of the tutorial, I’ll give you some more tips on how to control Ken Burns